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The Global Rundown A federal judge in North Dakota placed an injunction on the new federal Clean Water Rule, which is scheduled to take effect today. Extreme droughts, like the one in Central Europe this year, could become more common in the region. Hydropower development in India threatens habitat for the Tibetan crane, California met […]

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The Global Rundown A drought in Haiti is threatening nearly a third of the country’s population with food insecurity. In response to the California drought, Los Angeles cut its water use by 21 percent last month. Millions of people are losing their water due to conflict in Syria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency underestimated the […]

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The Global Rundown A new data tool aims to help countries in water-scarce regions like North Africa improve water management. Improving water management globally will be necessary to meet the new Sustainable Development Goals, but the risk of water conflicts may be overblown, experts said at World Water Week in Stockholm. In the United States, […]

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Seminal water law does not address nation’s emerging water pollution challenges.

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The Global Rundown Forecast water levels in Lake Mead mean that states that depend on the reservoir should avoid water cuts next year. Cuba placed its civil defense on alert due to drought, a drought in Alberta prompted officials to restrict water withdrawals from the Athabasca River, and low water levels in Lake Kariba will […]

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Climate change models have long predicted a drying West. In California, the future has arrived.

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The Global Rundown Aid agencies asked for greater access to deliver water and other supplies to war-torn Yemen, and Burkina Faso also asked for aid in the aftermath of severe flooding near its capital. Water rationing is not equal in Puerto Rico, activists said, while the territory’s water authority offered to sell bonds to improve […]

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The Global Rundown Flooding from Typhoon Soudelor contaminated drinking water for millions of people in Taiwan. Communities in Palestine struggled with water shortages, a heatwave and dry conditions forced Poland to cut power supplies, and officials banned fishing in a national park in the United States due to drought. Conservationists raised concerns about tigers living […]

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The Global Rundown New Zealand plans to close its coal-fired power plants and transition almost entirely to renewable energy sources. Acid mine drainage is a persistent pollution problem in the western United States, and protesters in Brazil continue to pressure Rio de Janeiro to clean up its Olympic waters. Turkey completed the undersea portion of […]

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The Global Rundown Glaciers worldwide are melting much more quickly than they did in the past century, scientists found. Myanmar appealed for international flood aid, an Australian court revoked approval for a proposed coal mine, and Oklahoma passed new rules to limit underground injections of oil and gas wastewater. Rural communities face water shortages in […]

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Circle of Blue reporter Codi Kozacek summarizes the major steps taken to reduce toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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The Global Rundown The United Nations unveiled a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to address world problems like hunger, poverty, and water management, and the United States released a new plan to cut climate change pollution. California registered a large “rain debt”, while monsoon rains in India caused deadly floods and landslides. Oil pollution […]

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The Global Rundown Communities in Zambia have filed an international lawsuit against a mining company due to drinking water pollution, while a different company announced it will lay off workers at one of the country’s copper mines due to hydropower shortages. Monsoon floods could pollute a world heritage site in Vietnam, Pakistan may soon be […]

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The Global Rundown Monsoon rains are performing well in most of India. A major copper mine in Papua New Guinea is closing temporarily because of low river levels, while copper mines in Zambia are experiencing electricity shortages due to insufficient hydropower supplies. Oregon ordered state agencies to cut water consumption, scientists in Toledo, Ohio, monitored […]

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The Global Rundown Large cities across the United States face compounding flood threats under climate change, a study found, while U.S. companies pledged to fight climate change by reducing emissions and water use. Three more cities are rationing water in Puerto Rico, and half of the sockeye salmon spawning in the Columbia River are dying […]

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The Global Rundown Climate change will likely be very costly for private investors, according to a new report. It is also an increasing threat to people in China’s coastal cities, a researcher said. Drought and disease are destroying olive crops in Spain and Italy, while recent rains could mean a record sugar crop in Thailand. […]

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Amid a changing social and environmental landscape, Sub-Saharan Africa turns to its rivers.

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The Global Rundown A deepening drought in Puerto Rico prompted officials to expand water rationing measures. A new coal mine in Australia continues to raise concerns about groundwater, the European Union voted to ban textile imports that use a substance harmful to waterways, and Hong Kong found high lead levels in the blood of people […]

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The Global Rundown Farmers in Europe are growing wetland crops that could preserve wildlife habitat and keep the land from being drained. California proposed a record fine for illegal water diversions, while New York lawmakers urged the state to ban microbeads. China raised its first green bond to fund environmental projects. The El Nino this […]

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The Global Rundown City water supplies returned to Aleppo, Syria, following a cut-off prompted by fighting. Concerns about water security caused stocks to drop in India, while floods in Kashmir killed five people. Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are hoarding water as algae season commences in Lake Erie. A new online atlas provides water data for […]

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